Arsenal have announced that three of their senior players have signed new contacts this afternoon, but it’s not the players fans were hoping for, and some supporters are pretty underwhelmed with Francis Coquelin signing a new deal.
As has been well documented over the past few months, the Gunners’ star players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are currently in the midst of negotiating renewals with the north London club, with their current deals due to expire in 2018.
But today, it was French trio Oliver Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Coquelin who were presented to the media in front of a grinning Arsene Wenger, rather than Ozil and Sanchez.
Understandably, fans are frustrated with the situation, and it appears Coquelin has taken the brunt of the anger:
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— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 12, 2017
Oh good, Giroud and Coquelin. Exactly who I was hoping would extend their deals. ???
— Ryan De Freitas (@ryan_defreitas) January 12, 2017
I always look at Francis Coquelin and think, 'He's very raw but has great potential for the future,' and then I remember he's 25, not 19.
— Rupert Fryer (@Rupert_Fryer) January 12, 2017
fake news has really got out of hand pic.twitter.com/qAGTUglmcg
— Coquelin Detester (@BeltransMole23) January 12, 2017
@Arsenal delete Coquelin out of this video please
— Andrew (@Hesfivefootfour) January 12, 2017
— ? (@aicha_AFC) January 12, 2017
We gave Coquelin a new contract? Day ruined
— Irving LBF (@IrvingLBF) January 12, 2017
Coquelin signing a new deal. This is truly the darkest of days.
— Billy (@BilbertoSilva) January 12, 2017
I've never rated Coquelin and I never will. Complete fraud of a player. Put a couple of fouls in and Arsenal fans thought he was a hard man.
— Billy Herrera (@BilboRocky) January 12, 2017
@Arsenal now give Sanchez what he wants ffs
— Gooner Adam (@AdzCampbell91) January 12, 2017
Coquelin’s new deal takes him up to 2021,and whilst he’s definitely evolved into one of Arsenal’s most consistent players, it’s fair to say fans would probably swap this news for Ozil or Sanchez renewing.
What do you make of the reaction?
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